Grant Blume (Ph.D. '16)

Acting Assistant Professor
Acting Assistant Professor
Areas of Specialization:
Public Policy Analysis; Public Management and Leadership; Education Policy
Dissertation Committee Members
  • Mark C. Long (chair)
  • Crystal C. Hall
  • Jennifer Romich (School of Social Work)
  • Craig W. Thomas
  • William M. Zumeta

Ryan Bodanyi (Ph.D. '15)

Senior Specialist, Clean Transportation, Center for Sustainable Energy
Areas of Specialization:
Organizational Health; Decision Making
Dissertation Committee Members
  • Craig W. Thomas (chair)
  • Nives Dolsak (School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences)
  • Laura E. Evans
  • Marc Miller (School of Marine & Environmental Affairs)

Anne Buffardi (Ph.D. '11)

Research Fellow, Overseas Development Institute
Areas of Specialization:
International Development
Dissertation Committee Members
  • Mary Kay Gugerty (chair)
  • Sanjeev Khagram
  • Peter J. May (Political Science)
  • Joseph R. Zunt (Neurology)

Colleen Chrisinger (Ph.D. '10)

Senior Economist, Oregon Department of Revenue
Areas of Specialization:
Poverty and Inequality
Dissertation Title:
The Impacts of Workforce Development and Wage Policies on the Economic Well-Being of Low-Income Individuals and Families
Dissertation Committee Members
  • Robert D. Plotnick (chair)
  • Anna Haley-Lock (Social Work)
  • Mark C. Long
  • Thomas S. Richardson (Statistics)
  • Jake H. Rosenfeld (Sociology)
  • William M. Zumeta

Tyler Blake Davis (Ph.D. '18)

Chief Financial Officer and Co-Founder, PotaVida
Areas of Specialization:
Benefit-Cost Analysis; Environmental and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental Management; Policy Implementation
Dissertation Committee Members
  • Craig W. Thomas (chair)
  • Joseph H. Cook (Washington State University)
  • David L. Fluharty (School of Marine & Environmental Affairs)
  • Aseem Prakash (Political Science)
Kate Destler

Kate Destler (Ph.D. '14)

Assistant Professor, Political Science, Western Washington University
Areas of Specialization:
Education Policy; Public Management
Dissertation Committee Members
  • Stephen B. Page (chair)
  • Meredith I. Honig (College of Education)
  • Peter J. May (Political Science)
  • Craig W. Thomas

Danielle Fumia (Ph.D. '13)

Research Manager, Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP)
Areas of Specialization:
Education Policy; Ethics; Quantitative Methods; Race and Inequality; Social Policy Implementation
Dissertation Committee Members
  • Mark C. Long (chair)
  • Marieka Klawitter
  • Naomi D. Murakawa (Political Science)
  • Elizabeth M. Pettit (Sociology)

Lily Hsueh (Ph.D. '12)

Assistant Professor, School of Public Affairs, Arizona State University
Areas of Specialization:
Econometrics; Environmental Economics; Environmental Policy; Governance; Mixed Methods
Dissertation Committee Members
  • David F. Layton (chair)
  • C. Leigh Anderson
  • Aseem Prakash (Political Science)
  • Craig W. Thomas
  • Eric W. Zivot (Economics)

Shalini Sarin Jain (Ph.D. '13)

Assistant Professor of Management, Milgard School of Business, UW Tacoma
Areas of Specialization:
Corporate Social Responsibility
Dissertation Committee Members
  • Sanjeev Khagram (chair)
  • Joaquin Herranz Jr.
  • Aseem Prakash (Political Science)
  • Susan H. Whiting (Political Science)
  • John D. Wilkerson (Political Science)
  • William M. Zumeta

Allison Kelly (Ph.D. '18)

Senior Research Analyst, GlobeScan
Areas of Specialization:
Environmental and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental Policy; International Development
Dissertation Committee Members
  • Alison Cullen (chair)
  • Robert F. Halvorsen (Economics)
  • Stanley Tanyi Asah (School of Environmental & Forest Sciences)
  • Craig W. Thomas

Stephanie Leiser (Ph.D. '14)

Lecturer in Public Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan
Areas of Specialization:
Budgeting; Federalism; Policy Analysis; Public Finance; Public Financial Management; State and Local Fiscal Policy
Dissertation Committee Members
  • Justin Marlowe (chair)
  • Pamela Clouser McCann
  • Darryl J. Holman (Anthropology)
  • Mark C. Long

Yuta Masuda (Ph.D. '14)

Senior Sustainable Development and Behavioral Scientist in Global Science, The Nature Conservancy
Areas of Specialization:
Environmental Policy; Health Policy; International Development; Quantitative Methods
Dissertation Committee Members
  • Joseph H. Cook (chair)
  • C. Leigh Anderson
  • Mary Kay Gugerty
  • Shelly Lundberg (Economics)
  • Stewart E. Tolnay (Sociology)

Jacqueline Meijer-Irons (Ph.D. '15)

User Researcher, Mixed Reality User Research Team, Windows & Devices Group, Microsoft
Areas of Specialization:
Environmental Policy; International Affairs; Migration
Dissertation Committee Members
  • Sara R. Curran (chair)
  • Ann Bostrom
  • Elizabeth Fussell (Brown University)
  • Thomas M. Leschine (School of Marine & Environmental Affairs)
Joshua Merfeld

Joshua D. Merfeld (Ph.D. '18)

Assistant Clinical Professor of Public Service, Wagner School of Public Service, New York University
Areas of Specialization:
Microeconomics of Development; Applied Microeconometrics; Agricultural Economics; Survey Methodology; Program Evaluation; Policy Analysis
Dissertation Committee Members
  • Leigh Anderson (Chair)
  • Brian Dillon
  • Mark Long
  • James Long
  • Victor Menaldo (GSR)

Kathleen Moore (Ph.D. '17)

National Poverty Fellow, Institute for Research on Poverty
Areas of Specialization:
Housing Policy
Dissertation Committee Members
  • Robert D. Plotnick (chair)
  • Kyle Crowder (Sociology)
  • Marieka Klawitter
  • Jennifer Romich (School of Social Work)

Travis William Reynolds (Ph.D. '11)

Assistant Professor, Colby College
Dissertation Title:
Institutional Determinants of Project Outcomes among Forestry-Based Carbon Sequestration Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa
Dissertation Committee Members
  • Craig W. Thomas (chair)
  • Mary Kay Gugerty
  • Stanley Tanyi Asah (School of Environmental & Forest Sciences)
  • Kristiina Vogt (School of Environmental & Forest Sciences)

Tim Scharks (Ph.D. '16)

Instructor, Department of Geography, Green River College
Areas of Specialization:
Environmental Policy; Quantitative Analysis; Risk Analysis; Risk Communication; Survey Methods
Dissertation Committee Members
  • Ann Bostrom (chair)
  • Alison Cullen
  • Craig W. Thomas
  • Stewart E. Tolnay (Sociology)

Ryan P. Scott (Ph.D. '17)

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Colorado State University
Areas of Specialization:
Data Analysis; Decision Making; Energy and Environmental Policy; Quantitative Methods
Dissertation Committee Members
  • Alison Cullen (chair)
  • Ann Bostrom
  • Craig W. Thomas
  • Michael G. Yost (School of Public Health)

Tyler Scott (Ph.D. '15)

Assistant Professor, Environmental Science and Policy, University of California Davis
Areas of Specialization:
Collaborative Governance; Environmental Policy; Network Analysis; Policy Analysis; Quantitative Methods
Dissertation Committee Members
  • Craig W. Thomas (chair)
  • Ann Bostrom
  • Jerald R. Herting (Sociology)
  • Clare Ryan (School of Environmental & Forest Sciences)
  • Stanley Tanyi Asah (School of Environmental & Forest Sciences)

Jason R. Williams (Ph.D. '13)

Research Scientist, Drug and Alcohol Abuse Institute, University of Washington
Areas of Specialization:
Data Analysis; Database Management; Econometrics; Human Services Policy; Poverty; Quantitative Methods; Social Welfare Policy; Statistical Analysis
Dissertation Committee Members
  • Robert D. Plotnick (chair)
  • Hedwig E. Lee (Sociology)
  • Mark C. Long
  • Jennifer Romich (School of Social Work)

Ziad Zaghrout (Ph.D. '13)

Assistant Professor of Public Administration, Birzeit University
Areas of Specialization:
Economic Development
Dissertation Committee Members
  • Mary Kay Gugerty (chair)
  • C. Leigh Anderson
  • Selim Sirri Kuru (Near Eastern Languages and Civilization)
  • Aseem Prakash (Political Science)